Carlow roar back to see off Tullamore
Carlow's U-17 rugby team's second Cup final visit this season to Donnybrook brought success last week in a 31-11 victory over Tullamore.
Winning this Leinster Cup final on the May Bank Holiday Monday went some way towards assuaging their narrow loss to Navan in the League final, at the same venue.
The win over Tullamore was far from straightforward.
At half-time, Carlow prop John Murphy was in the sin bin and Tullamore led by 11-3, and looked good value for this lead, but the Oakpark side upped the tempo in the second half and tries from Ross Dunphy, Jody Murphy, Conor Crowley and excellent kicking from Mark McDermott saw them home.
Well done to coach Tom Crotty and all the lads on their achievement last Monday and over the whole season.
Carlow U-17 team: Conor Crowley, Tommy Bric, Ross Dunphy, Caomhan Brennan, Jody Murphy, Mark McDermott, (capt), Daniel Crotty, John Murphy, Colin Fitzhenry, Quinlan Kelly, , Sean O Brien, Sam Dunne, Daniel Carpenter-Keogh, Aidan Rapley, Conor Kelly. Subs: Damien Jordan James Kehoe, Conor Moore, Martin Mullins, Robert Browne, Ruari Dunbar, Sean Brannigan.
l Congratulations to all involved with the Mullingar U-13s and U-15s on their respective wins in two Leinster Cup finals last week.
U-13s McGowan Leinster Cup final: Mullingar 15-7 Tullamore
U-15s Leinster Cup final: Mullingar 11-10 Naas